PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — A son of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was one of 16 people kidnapped from a restaurant in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Eduardo Almaguer, Jalisco state attorney general, said Tuesday.
The kidnapping happened at an upscale restaurant called “La Leche” in an area of the coastal city frequented regularly by tourists.
Jesus Alfredo Guzman, 29, is one of two children from Guzman’s first marriage.
“At this moment, we have identified four of the kidnapped,” Almaguer said. “One of them being Jesus Alfredo Guzman.”
Previously, Guzman family attorney Pablo Badillo said it was “very likely” that the drug cartel leader’s eldest son, Ivan Archivaldo, was abducted from La Leche restaurant. It was not immediately clear whether Ivan Archivaldo was among those kidnapped.
Jalisco officials say they are looking for multiple suspects who drove up in a Toyota Tacoma truck and a Chevrolet Suburban.
Investigators from the attorney general’s office found a Dodge Challenger, Jeep Limited, Land Rover, Cadillac Escalade and a Honda CRV abandoned at the scene (see below) – it’s not yet clear whether or not the cars belonged to the victims.
Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval issued the following statement via Twitter:
The acts that happened in the early morning in Puerto Vallarta cannot be permitted nor tolerated. I have instructed the State Attorney General to use all resources available to find out what happened in this serious incident. There is full cooperation between the Mexican Government and the municipality to find the victims and capture those responsible. To the residents and tourists in Puerto Vallarta, I’m informing you that we have reinforced security so your activities can return to normal.